Tips and Notes


Cleaned 03/12/17

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  1. Suggested in the ‘Housekeeping’ thread, but quickly buried there, so allow me to repeat:

    One day I’d like to see a Reference Page devoted to The Basics of Skeptical Climatology, to which one could refer laymen who want a succinct explanation of the problems with the CAGW position and how to counter the smug assertions of its proponents. I refer people to WUWT, but fear they will be overwhelmed by its often-technical content and deterred by its appeal to an in-group of readers and contributors.

    /Mr Lynn

  2. James Cook Uni’s alarmist mangrove scientist Dr Norm Duke says the recent El Nino caused sea levels in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria to drop by 20cm, resulting in mangrove die-back.

    Here’s the press release sent out today. He’s failed to convince me, what do you mob reckon?

    From: Bone, Alistair
    Date: 13 March 2017 at 12:10
    Subject: JCU Media – Mangrove dieback cause revealed

    Thirsty mangroves caused unprecedented dieback
    EMBARGOED to 12.01am AEST, Tues 14 March 2017

    A James Cook University scientist has discovered why there was an unprecedented dieback of mangroves in the Gulf of Carpentaria in early 2016 – the plants died of thirst.

    Dr Norman Duke, leader of JCU’s Mangrove Research hub, headed an investigation into the massive mangrove dieback. The findings were published in the Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research today (Tuesday 14 March).

    The scientists used aerial observations and satellite mapping data of the area dating back to 1972, combined with weather and climate records.

    Dr Duke said they found three factors came together to produce the unprecedented dieback of 7400 hectares of mangroves, which stretched for 1000 kilometres along the Gulf coast.

    “From 2011 the coastline had experienced below-average rainfalls, and the 2015/16 drought was particularly severe. Secondly the temperatures in the area were at record levels and thirdly some mangroves were left high and dry as the sea level dropped about 20cm during a particularly strong El Nino.”

    Dr Duke says this was enough to produce what scientists regard as the largest recorded incident of its kind, and the worst instance of likely climate-related dieback of mangroves ever reported.

    “Essentially, they died of thirst,” he said.

    Dr Duke said scientists now know that mangroves, like coral reefs, are vulnerable to changes in climate and extreme weather events.

    He said the mangroves of Australia’s Gulf region have experienced relatively little anthropogenic impact and are considered the least altered mangrove ecosystems in the world.

    “So the relative dominance of climate influences in this region is of critical interest to world observers of environmental responses to climate change.”

    Dr Duke said the area is sparsely populated, with passing fisherman and scientists conducting unrelated work the first to notice the dieback.

    “It took 4-5 months to come to the attention of mangrove tidal wetland specialists and managers. Our response to this event further involves training and equipping Indigenous rangers and local community volunteers to build local partnerships for rigorous and repeated shoreline assessments.”

    “We cannot afford to be caught out like this again!” said Dr Duke. “The Gulf dieback has been a wakeup call for action on shoreline monitoring. We urgently need a national shoreline monitoring program commensurate with our global standing. We have the specialists, we have the resources, and we know there is interest and concern amongst the Australian public.”

    To progress this further, Australia’s top specialists and managers will review the situation at a dedicated workshop during next week’s Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network annual conference in Hobart (, hosted by the University of Tasmania and CSIRO.

    “The aim of Australia’s specialist network is to apply intelligent, innovative and considered responses, as fully expected by the public, to improve and disseminate informed understandings of the changes taking place in high value natural resources such as Australia’s coastal tidal wetland habitats,” Dr Duke said.


    Dr Norm Duke
    M: 0419 673 366

    Link to pics and video:

    The Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research paper is available on request from Dr Duke.

    Alistair Bone
    JCU Media Liaison
    M: 0409 734 542
    P: 07 4781 4942

  3. This message was scrolling across the tv screen this morning on MSNBC:

    “Marine scientists warn that even if Global Warming is stopped now, 90 percent of the world’s coral reefs will still die by 2050”

    I haven’t seen a article about this yet.

  4. I saw this today on a yahoo news site.

    It starts out, “The paper, based on model simulations of different climate conditions, was a rare attempt to quantify the relative contributions of humans and Nature to the dramatic decline and could have a major impact on future research into Arctic ice lost.” but it doesn’t give a link or name the authors.

    It goes on about percentages of this and that and then says: “Commentators not involved in the study said its findings do not call into question whether human-induced planet warming has contributed to Arctic sea-ice loss.”

    It’s a real convoluted way to come up with the headline: “Humans to blame for bulk of Arctic sea ice loss: study” and of course has a picture of a polar bear on thin ice. A classic case of alarmist fake news.

  5. Ther German Chancellor Merkel had to postpone her visit to Washington, where she was to meet DJT, for several days. The reason given is winter gale “Stella” blowing along the east coast of the US and, of course, not only her resulting ugly hairdress.


    And it turned up in the NZ Herald this morning as well. I wonder how the 30-50% estimation of natural variability was arrived at, its seems quite low. Natural variability is usually at 100% as the driver of climate through the billions of years of earth history….maybe those SUV Miles for melting Ice meme hasn’t quite left the confirmation bias issues of the authors ?

  7. The link below on ocean heating from a NOAA study may be of interest to readers
    Trenbeth was involved and it claims ” the study said. Ocean warming also strengthened the 2015-2016 El Niño and contributed to record global heat in 2016. “The result was an all time record hurricane season in 2015 and record heat-waves, droughts and wildfires around the world.”

  8. Readers may be interested in the link below to Inside Climate News that has an article on the Rate of Ocean Warming Has Nearly Doubled Over Two Decades, Study Says The rate of ocean warming has nearly doubled since 1992 compared with the previous three decades. And the warming has reached deeper waters, scientists reported Friday.
    It is a report of a NOAA piece of research that Kevin Trenbeth is involved in, one of the articles claims is ” ” the study said. Ocean warming also strengthened the 2015-2016 El Niño and contributed to record global heat in 2016. “The result was an all time record hurricane season in 2015 and record heat-waves, droughts and wildfires around the world.”Really!!!!

  9. ‘Science for sale comes to Canada’ …. Nat. Post. …. can’t paste the link for some reason (used to be able)??
    With appropriate obeisances to NP, I regurgitate the e3ssence of their item:
    “Her’e sht eway to cheat your way to succesds in the academic world: Give a speech at a science conference conference that’s so awful, it will let y7ou present research about flying pigs.
    All you have to do is pay cash. companies that host thousands ….. are now offering them in Canada.
    Fake — but expensive conferences helop people top become professors, doctors and other professionals without proper training by providing credentials they haven’t really earned. They are marketed heavily in the Third World.’
    Unquote. the whole article is worth tracking-dowmn and reproducing it in its entirety.
    Seems to me this is how myriads of SELF-PROFESSED CLIMNATE EXPERTS have gained ‘clout’ among themselves and among the gullible policy-makers..
    It would b e interesting to back-up and check the so-called professional status of the chief alarmists. How bona fide are they in their respective field and to what extent is *that* particular field relevant to the overall debate?

  10. One only has to look at Pachauri, whose profesional qualifications appear to be limited to “Railway Engineer” (check me out lest I transgress propriety).
    With thanks to Wikipedia, here are his qualifications”R.K Pachauri was born in Nainital, India. He was educated at La Martiniere College in Lucknow[6] and at the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Jamalpur, Bihar. He belongs to the Special Class Railway Apprentices, 1958 Batch, an elite scheme which heralded the beginning of mechanical engineering education in India.[7] He began his career with the Indian Railways at the Diesel Locomotive Works in Varanasi. He joined North Carolina State University in Raleigh, United States, where he obtained an MS in Industrial Engineering in 1972, and a PhD with co-majors in Industrial Engineering and Economics in 1974.[8] His doctoral thesis was titled, A dynamic model for forecasting of electrical energy demand in a specific region located in North and South Carolina.[9] He lives in Golf Links, New Delhi.[10] He is a strict vegetarian, largely because of “the environmental and climate change implications.”[11]

  11. REPORT: President Trump Tells T-Rex Cut U.N. Funding by 50%…
    Posted on March 13, 2017
    Earlier today President Trump signed an executive order initiating a full review of all federal departments to include a recommendations within 180 days for which departments and programs can be completely shut down. Almost immediately the Swamp trees begin convulsing spasmodically.

    The notification ripples had yet to carry across the swamp water notifying all of the inhabitants when… Apparently President Trump was not satisfied with the XO instructions alone. Trump slams down the atomic sledgehammer in an epic budgetary notification to battalion commander T-Rex.

  12. A couple weeks ago, Washington DC Cherry blossoms were in the news. All the warming causing earlier blooms, etc, etc. Oops. New cold snap is endangering all of them and peak was pushed back a week.

    Here’s WaPo “Earliest on record”

    Whoa, now delayed and may be killed for the first time ever.–415898463.html


    First 3-D Printed Nuclear Power Plant Part Comes Online

    “Engineers installed the world’s first three-dimensional, printed nuclear power plant part in a facility in Slovenia Friday.

    The part is a metallic impeller for a fire protection pump in the Krško nuclear reactor in Slovenia. The original part was produced by a manufacturer which went out of business and was thus unable to be replaced by conventional means.

    Three-dimensional printing can be used to replicate very old or obsolete parts, the designs of which are virtually impossible to obtain. This makes it incredibly useful for nuclear power, since many reactors are very old and have antiquated features.

    “We continue to push forward our investments and cutting-edge advancements in additive manufacturing and 3D printing,” Tim Holt, CEO of Siemens power generation company, which printed the part, told Power Engineering. “This achievement at the Krško nuclear power plant is another example of how the digital transformation and the data-driven capabilities we have are impacting the energy industry in ways that really matter.”

    end excerpt

  14. There is currently a pause in our heavy winter rainfall in California. There has been severe flooding in some areas, but in general the hill-slopes appear to be holding up pretty well. Is this due to a strengthening of the vegetation root systems because of increased access to atmospheric carbon dioxide? Mass wasting is a major issue – sometimes life and death – for this region, as more population spreads into varied terrain. The hydrologic cycle and the biological/carbon cycle are inter-twined and this relationship needs much more public/media attention than we have been seeing. Will try to remedy that.

  15. James Cook Uni’s serial mangrove-death CAGW-alarmist Dr Norman Duke says a sea level drop of 20 cm likely caused the worst climate-related mangrove dieback evaah!

    Wait, what? Sea levels dropped? Weren’t they supposed to be rising? Sounds like the millions who were to be displaced by rising seas can relax.

    Paywalled: Google “cairns post drought killed off mangroves in gulf”
    1000km of mangrove forests died from thirst in Gulf of Carpentaria
    Daniel Bateman, The Cairns Post
    March 15, 2017 5:00am
    Subscriber only
    A GULF tour operator says the only thing that will help restore large swathes of mangrove forests that have died in the region will be a big wet season.
    Scientists have discovered that drought is the cause behind 7400ha of mangroves dying out, stretching over 1000km of coastline in the Gulf of Carpentaria from Karumba west, since early 2016.
    The scientists from James Cook University’s mangrove research hub used aerial observations and satellite mapping data of the area dating back to 1972, combined with weather and climate records, to solve the mystery.
    Karumba-based fishing charter operator Gavin New said the mangrove die-off had impacted local marine life.
    “The lack of wet season has definitely affected fish stocks and the abundance of fish and bait,” he said.
    “There’s a particular area, four nautical miles of coastline (near Karumba), that doesn’t seem to hold much life now that those mangroves have died.
    “It used to be quite a productive little area to fish amongst the mangroves there.”
    He said a major monsoonal event would help revitalise the coastal waters.
    JCU mangrove scientist Dr Norman Duke said his team found below-average rainfall, high temperatures and a sea level drop of 20cm combined to produce the largest recorded incident of its kind and the worst instance of likely climate-related dieback of mangroves ever reported.
    “Essentially, they died of thirst,” he said.
    He said scientists now knew that mangroves, like coral reefs, were vulnerable to changes in climate and extreme weather events.
    “It took four to five months to come to the attention of mangrove tidal wetland specialists and managers,” he said.
    “Our response to this event further involves training and equipping indigenous rangers and local community volunteers to build local partnerships for rigorous and repeated shoreline assessments.”

    Here’s the sea level plot for the Karumba port,
    Here’s the monthly sea levels for Karumba in table form


    Trump to Drop Climate Change From Environmental Reviews, Source Says

    “President Donald Trump is set to sign a sweeping directive to dramatically shrink the role climate change plays in decisions across the government, ranging from appliance standards to pipeline approvals, according to a person familiar with the administration’s plan.

    The order, which could be signed this week, goes far beyond a targeted assault on Obama-era measures blocking coal leasing and throttling greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that has been discussed for weeks. Some of the changes could happen immediately; others could take years to implement.

    It aims to reverse President Barack Obama’s broad approach for addressing climate change. One Obama-era policy instructed government agencies to factor climate change into formal environmental reviews, such as that for the Keystone XL pipeline. Trump’s order also will compel a reconsideration of the government’s use of a metric known as the “social cost of carbon” that reflects the potential economic damage from climate change. It was used by the Obama administration to justify a suite of regulations.”

    end excerpt

  17. Gas-fired power plants emit more methane than previously recorded but not enough to negate the climate benefits of coal-to-gas switching, according to a pilot study from Purdue University.

    Most of the methane emissions detected in the study were not associated with the actual gas-burning process. The researchers noted that methane found near carbon dioxide represents incompletely burned gas coming from the stack, while methane near other molecules likely comes from other power plant equipment, such as compressors, steam turbines, steam boilers and condensers.

    The U.S. EPA’s greenhouse gas reporting program requires power plants to report only methane emissions that come from the combustion process, which means the vast majority of the escaped methane the Purdue study measured would not be included in federal emissions tallies. This means actual methane emissions for gas power plants could be anywhere from two to 120 times as high as those calculated from data provided by facility operators, the researchers said.

    Despite the notable discrepancy between the EPA’s and the study’s methane estimates for power plants, the researchers concluded that the emissions rate was not so high that it would negate the greenhouse gas benefit of burning gas in lieu of coal, which emits more carbon dioxide than gas in the combustion process.

    Assuming that coal-to-gas switching offers climate benefits so long as methane emissions from gas systems remain below 3% of total gas throughput and that emissions sources outside power plants release less than 2% of throughput, the previously undocumented emissions from power plants do not tip the scale in favor of coal, the study said. At the natural gas power plants where the researchers collected data, facility-scale loss rates were between about 0.1% and 0.42%.

    “The good news from our study is that while emissions are greater than anticipated, natural gas-burning power plants are still cleaner, relative to burning coal,” Paul Shepson, a professor of analytical and atmospheric chemistry at Purdue, said in a March 13 statement. “It’s a better fuel all around as long as you don’t spill it. But it doesn’t take much methane leakage to ruin your whole day if you care about climate change.”

    That the power plant methane emissions were mainly not related to combustion efficiency is relatively good news for curbing emissions, he said. Operators could take a closer look at whether relatively simple adjustments could be made to the facility equipment to minimize escaping gas.

    The Purdue study also looked at oil refineries and at recorded similar findings: Some major methane sources might not be accurately captured in the EPA’s emissions-factor calculations. Already, refineries are required to report emissions from stationary fuel combustion activities, along with a host of other specific sources, including flares, process vents, storage tanks and equipment leaks. But annual methane emissions may be 11 to 90 times as high for refineries as the EPA has estimated, the Purdue researchers said.

    Operators may also want to turn their attention to boilers, process heaters, furnaces and incinerators to get a fuller picture of methane emissions, the study concluded.

    The researchers emphasized that more data should be collected. The pilot study they did encompassed only three power plants and three refineries. While the researchers selected facilities that represented a range of classifications, more extensive sampling is necessary to understand the scope of emissions, they said.

    The study, conducted with help from the Environmental Defense Fund, was published by the American Chemical Society’s journal, Environmental Science & Technology.

    Me: “…two to 120 times more…” in other words they have no idea.


    Republicans Break Ranks With Pledge to Fight Climate Change

    “Seventeen conservative Republican members of Congress—10 of them in their first or second terms—are bucking long-time party positions and the new occupant of the White House. They announced on Wednesday that they’re supporting a clear statement about the risks associated with climate change, as well as principles for how best to fight it.”

    end excerpt

  19. From an article in yesterday’s Detsche Welle interviewing climate researcher Hans Joachim Schellnberger:

    “And in order to meet this tight budget, what do you see as being the major things that need to happen between now and then?

    It’s quite mind-boggling – for example, by 2030, we have to phase out the combustion engine. And we have to completely phase out the use of coal for producing power. By 2040 we will probably have to replace concrete and steel for construction by wood, clay and stone.”

    Gonna be tough to have an economy with no trains, planes, trucks or ships. And we’ll all have to live in grass huts…


    Study: Climate change research is without publication bias

    “March 15 (UPI) — A new survey confirms climate change research published in peer-reviewed scientific journals is untainted by so-called publication bias.

    If a study’s conclusion, not the quality of its content, impacts whether or not it gets published, the partiality is referred to as “publication bias.”

    Some have claimed publication bias explains the dearth of studies challenging the man-made climate change consensus.

    A new study by scientists at Lund University in Sweden suggests the consensus — that global warming is happening, and happening as a result of greenhouse emissions — is based on a sober analysis and reporting of the facts, not collusion or bias.”

    end excerpt

  21. House resolution on climate should be mentioned:

    I was particularly impressed with this:
    “Whereas increased pollutants and other factors contribute to local, regional, and national environmental and human health impacts, including increased mercury in the fish we eat, elevated asthma attacks in our children, acid rain, smog, degraded water quality, urban heat islands, and rapid storm water runoff that leads to costly infrastructure projects;”

    Still trying to figure out how increased pollutants contribute to urban heat islands or rapid storm water runoff.

    Note, however that it does include this:
    “Whereas any efforts to mitigate the risks of, prepare for, or otherwise address our changing climate and its effects should not constrain the United States economy, especially in regards to global competitiveness”

    That would seem to say we are not going to argue with all the alarmist talking points but we won’t do anything about it if it hurts the economy.


    Trump’s Budget Is A Full-Scale Assault On Obama’s ‘Climate Action Plan’

    “At EPA, for example, Trump’s budget proposal:

    “Discontinues funding for the Clean Power Plan, international climate change programs, climate change research and partnership programs, and related efforts—saving over $100 million for the American taxpayer compared to 2017 annualized CR levels. Consistent with the President’s America First Energy Plan, the Budget reorients EPA’s air program to protect the air we breathe without unduly burdening the American economy.”

    Trump wants the State Department to stop funding these programs:

    “Eliminates the Global Climate Change Initiative and fulfills the President’s pledge to cease payments to the United Nations’ (UN) climate change programs by eliminating U.S. funding related to the Green Climate Fund and its two precursor Climate Investment Funds.”

    end excerpts


    Everyone Is Misinterpreting Mattis’s Remarks On Climate Change

    “Mattis’s remarks reflect the thinking of the Pentagon for at least a decade, so they should come as no surprise. Mattis never assigns blame for climate change to humans or nature, nor does he call for the abandonment of carbon dioxide-emitting fuels. That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of the “97 percent” consensus we often hear from liberals.”

    end excerpt

    This is true. The attitude of the military is: show me some CAGW, and we will deal with it. That doesn’t mean any of them believe in CAGW, although I’m sure a lot more of them do now, than before Obama took Office and started pushing the narrative.

    Military people are practical people. They don’t go off chasing moonbeams. Show them something real and they will deal with it. If there is nothing real to worry about, then they won’t worry about it or spend money on it.

  24. Columbia University divests from thermal coal

    ‘Building on the Columbia University’s commitment to addressing climate change, the University’s Trustees have voted to support a recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing (ACSRI) to divest from companies deriving more than 35% of their revenue from thermal coal production and to participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Climate Change Program.’

  25. Anthony (or moderator):

    You may be aware of this issue, but for the last couple of weeks, both on my home computer and work computer, the site hangs up while loading. If I click on the X to stop loading, the site shows on screen. If I then hit the refresh button, all is well.

    Google Chrome, Windows 7 on both systems.


    World’s biggest fund manager issues ‘Darth Vader-style’ threat to oust bosses who ignore climate change

    “The world’s biggest fund manager has threatened to vote out directors of companies that fail to address the risks posed to their businesses by climate change.

    In a post on its website, BlackRock, which controls assets worth $5.1 trillion (about £4.2 trillion), said climate risk was a “systemic issue”.

    It said it planned to engage with the companies that are “most exposed to climate risk” over this year to help them tell investors – like BlackRock — about the financial impacts of global warming and the shift to a low-carbon economy.

    In an associated briefing note, BlackRock made clear how serious it was about the issue, pointing to a letter written to businesses by its chief executive Larry Fink which had said “while we are patient investors, we are not infinitely patient”.

    “Climate risk will be one of the key engagement themes that the Investment Stewardship team will prioritize in 2017 and the team’s recent work on this issue … will inform our assessment of shareholder proposals on the topic,” the briefing note said”

    end excerpt


    Trump’s Budget Chief Says Climate Research ‘A Waste Of Your Money’

    “President Donald Trump’s budget director told reporters Thursday the White House was no longer spending money on climate change research because it’s a “waste of your money.”

    “We’re not spending money on that anymore,” Mick Mulvaney, the Office of Management and Budget director, said at a press briefing while discussing the president’s decision to dial back climate science research.

    “We consider that to be a waste of your money,” he added.”

    end excerpt


    Fears Trump Would Gut Climate Agencies Were Overblown

    “Scientists and activists who claimed President Donald Trump would gut the scientific capabilities of federal climate and weather agencies can breath a sigh of relief.

    Trump’s budget does cut dozens of federal climate programs, but the deep cuts many feared would hit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) didn’t materialize.

    For months, activists warned the White House could gut climate programs and data through draconian budget cuts. Some scientists were so concerned they began downloading government data, and others organized a political march in “support” for science.

    NOAA satellites won’t fall out of the sky and NASA will still conduct climate science, says Ryan Maue, a meteorologist and adjunct scholar with the libertarian Cato Institute.

    “Scientists lose credibility as policy advisors when they latch onto conspiracy theories created by activists,” Maue told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The rumors and speculation that led to hysterical overreaction turned out to be unfounded.”

    end excerpt


    Enviros Seek A Probe Against Scott Pruitt’s ‘Unprecedented’ Climate Comments

    “Environmentalists want the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general to investigate whether Scott Pruitt violated internal policies when he suggested carbon emissions might not contribute to climate change.

    The Sierra Club asked the independent watchdog in a letter Wednesday to check whether the former Oklahoma attorney general violated the EPA’s 2012 Scientific Integrity Policy when he told a reporter emissions were not a “primary contributor” to so-called man-made global warming.

    “It’s pretty unprecedented to have the head of the EPA contradicting basic scientific facts,” Sierra Club Senior Attorney Elena Saxonhouse told reporters Wednesday.

    The group’s lawyers said Pruitt’s comments contradicted a “comprehensive review” of research on climate change. EPA requires its officials and employees respect the basic findings of the scientific community.”

    end excerpt


    Trump’s Budget Revives Yucca Mountain After Harry Reid And Obama Killed It

    “President Donald Trump’s budget revives plans to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

    The budget “provides $120 million to restart licensing activities for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste, repository and initiate a robust interim storage program,” according to a budget summary. “These investments would accelerate progress on fulfilling the Federal Government’s obligations to address nuclear waste, enhance national security, and reduce future taxpayer burden.”

    end excerpt

  31. And yet another call to arms over the coral reef:

    I don’t have access to the full article, but one blog I follow indicated that the paper makes claims about further 2017 bleaching. Additionally, the abstract states, “Similarly, past exposure to bleaching in 1998 and 2002 did not lessen the severity of bleaching in 2016.”

    I’d love to see Jim Steele’s take on this. (I’m not submitting it as a story myself since I lack any expertise / background in coral biology…this is definitely one for Jim.)




    Trump Budget Trashes Obama’s Green Energy Loan Program

    “President Donald Trump’s budget eliminates a pair of Department of Energy (DOE) green energy loan programs on track to lose taxpayers billions of dollars.

    The budget entirely eliminates the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and the Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program. The DOE used these programs to issue roughly $16 billion in loan guarantees to 26 different projects over the years. Several of the companies that got taxpayer-backed loans went bankrupt.

    These green loan programs lost $2.2 billion dollars between 2008 and 2015, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. As of 2015, the GAO concluded that taxpayers were securing $28 billion in loans for 30 different green energy projects.”

    end excerpt

  33. This presentation to the Senate Environmental Committee (2014?) by Dr. Don Easterbrook makes the most complete and definitive case against AGW that I have seen..
    He starts with a list of “heretical” statements and then goes on to prove them all, including the dodgy origin of the “97% of scientists agree” nonsense.

    I know it’s old but it deserves to see the light of day again.


    From Ivo Vegter in South Africa’s ‘Daily Maverick’. You have posted at least one of his articles before.

    Rich environmentalists oppress poor people

    Environmentalism remains enduringly popular among the world’s rich elite. Activists would like us to believe they are motivated only by the purest of intentions, but is that really true? They routinely oppose development and discount the needs of ordinary people, but their campaigns are often motivated by factors that have no redeeming merits at all.


    ‘I Will Name Names’: Infighting At EPA Drives Top Official To Resign

    “Reports already suggested tension between President Donald Trump’s political appointees and EPA career staff.

    An unnamed career staffer told Politico that EPA employees will “fight actions they deem ill-advised or illegal by quietly providing information of what is happening inside their agencies to advocacy groups and the media.”

    A small group of EPA staffers began using encryption apps, like Signal, to communicate in a way that can’t be tracked by the White House. The actions may violate federal records law.

    Other government employees may have started “rogue” Twitter accounts to attack the Trump administration over social media, and a former EPA official suggested agency employees would boycott Trump if he ever came to visit the agency.”

    end excerpt

    From the report issued by the “Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health” which claims representation of 400,000 doctors (all in lab coats I bet). The director of the new consortium is Mona Sarafty of George Mason University (who would have guessed). The damage of course is “felt most by children, the elderly and people of color”.
    Mona claims 3 types of harms:
    1. direct such as injuries and deaths from increasingly violent weather , asthma and lung disease…..
    2. increased disease through insects that carry Lyme disease….and “through contaminated food and water” (a non sequitur?!?)
    3. the effects on mental health “resulting from the damage climate change can do to society”…..(It appears that damage has already spread to George Mason.)
    To me this shows how low journalism has sunk; you need only a fax machine and a University letterhead to spread unfounded claims and some “reporter” will reprint and distribute your “Fake News” to every Gannett Newspaper and TV station in the country.
    All 3 claims have repeatedly been disproven, but since it is now printed in B&W (and in color in USA Today) it MUST be true.

  37. Claim Bejing now “coal free” no mention that China is actually converting coal to gas

    AFP Beijing shuts last coal power plant in switch to natural gas

    “The Huangneng plant is the fourth to be closed and replaced by gas thermal power centres between 2013 and 2017, cutting nearly 10 million tonnes in coal emissions annually.”

    AFP Ignores or is ignorant of reality I think WUWT also had an article on SNG

    Washington Post
    In China, a tug of war over coal gas: Cleaner air but worse for the climate

    “China has enthusiastically embraced coal gasification. It has proposed to build more than 50 plants like this in its sparsely populated north and west and to create by far the largest synthetic natural gas (SNG) industry in the world……. The entire process of turning coal into gas, and then burning that gas somewhere else, produces significantly more greenhouse gases than just burning the coal in the first place. The industry is also extremely water-intensive, putting pressure on water supplies in some of China’s most arid regions.”

    BBC 14 April 2014 Coal gasification: The clean energy of the future?

    “The main technology being used is coal gasification – instead of burning the fossil fuel, it is chemically transformed into synthetic natural gas (SNG).
    The process is decades old, but recent rises in the price of gas mean it is now more economically viable. The US has dabbled in the technique, but China is going all out in a bid to satisfy its soaring demand for power and reduce its dependency on imported liquefied natural gas (LNG).
    The country’s National Energy Administration has laid out plans to produce 50 billion cubic metres of gas from coal by 2020, enough to satisfy more than 10% of China’s total gas demand.
    Not only does it make economic sense, but it allows China to exploit stranded coal deposits sitting thousands of kilometres from the country’s main industrial centres. Transporting gas is, after all, a lot cheaper than transporting coal.”

  38. Uh oh!
    How ‘cash for ash’ climate change do-goodery plunged Northern Ireland into a political crisis

    Disciples of climate change orthodoxy are taught that the world will pay a heavy price for global warming. Rising water levels will impact populations along existing shorelines; changing temperatures will produce sharp shifts in agricultural potentialities; plant, animal and insect populations will be dramatically affected by changes to their traditional habitats. All sorts of things will change, challenging governments and threatening political turmoil.

    It’s going to be a mess. Someone has to fix it! Except — and you won’t hear a lot about this from the usual climate change sermonizers — trying to correct the situation has a way of going wrong, perhaps because the politicians who eagerly seize on climate policy as a road to easy votes have only the vaguest grasp of what their doing.

    A prime example has been simmering away in Northern Ireland, which has barely had time to enjoy the peace that came with the end of years of sectarian violence, but faces new pressures thanks to a colossally inept and badly mismanaged climate scheme and the tensions it unleashed.

  39. Unpaid bills….

    “Mike Nowatski, a spokesman for North Dakota Governor Doug Borgum, said that “all options are on the table” as far as the state is concerned, and that “the governor’s office has been in discussions with both the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and White House officials to emphasize the state’s position that federal reimbursement is warranted.”

    “We know for certain who won’t be paying, and that is the protesters and the various conflict groups, like Earthjustice, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and, who organized and paid many of them to engage in often-violent actions that led to more than 700 arrests during the course of the protest action.”

  40. Children won’t know what a full dam looks like, or something like that.
    Promo with a child looking at a muddy water hole with cracked mud around it.

    Seymour Centre Presents
    By Duncan Macmillan and Chris Rapley
    26 MAY – 10 JUNE
    “An urgent call for the greatest collective action in history.”
    The Guardian UK, Michael Billington

    and featuring a cast of young performers from Australian Theatre For Young People

    2071 is a performance about climate change, created from the words of prestigious scientist, Professor Chris Rapley. This beautiful production fuses the facts of climate change and our planets’ history of global warming with astounding 3D projections and an original music score. Theatre, science and art combine to imagine what the world might be like in the future.

    2071 perfectly frames the climate change facts and challenges within a beautifully structured and eloquent dramatic monologue.

    First produced by London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2014, the production received critical acclaim and was an immediate success with performances in Germany, Brussels and two seasons in London.

    The Australian production will feature state of the art projections by Joe Crossley (Vivid Sydney) and an original musical score by award-winning composer Andrée Greenwell (Gothic, Vivid 2015).

    2071 is part of Seymour’s Great Ideas series which engages with significant issues of our time, provoking thought and public discourse around big contemporary questions.

    “2071 strikes me as pretty essential viewing if you want a sensible overview on what is happening to our planet” – Time Out UK

    This is a Shutterstock image, used in many alarming accounts of the danger of climate change.

  41. Trump’s EPA administration has postponed implementation of Obama’s EPA expansion of Process Safety Management (PSM). Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 50 / Thursday, March 16, 2017 / Rules and Regulations. See exert below. This expansion was opposed by industry groups for what they viewed as unprecedented micromanagement of an industry’s timing, response, and methodology. President Trump promised relief from EPA’s burdensome regulations during his campaign. The postponement will allow industry time to argue to remove, or have the new regulations adjusted to a more welcomed implementation.

    40 CFR Part 68
    [EPA–HQ–OEM–2015–0725; FRL–9959–57–OLEM] RIN 2050–AG82

    Accidental Release Prevention
    Requirements: Risk Management
    Programs Under the Clean Air Act;
    Further Delay of Effective Date
    AGENCY: Environmental Protection
    Agency (EPA).
    ACTION: Final rule; delay of effective

    SUMMARY: By a letter dated March 13, 2017, the Administrator announced the
    convening of a proceeding for reconsideration of the final rule that
    amends the chemical accident prevention provisions addressing Risk
    Management Programs under the Clean Air Act published in the Federal
    Register on January 13, 2017. The effective date of these regulations had
    been March 21, 2017. By this action, the EPA is administratively staying and
    delaying the effective date of this rule for 90 days. Thus, the January 13, 2017
    rule will become effective on June 19, 2017.

    DATES: The effective date of the rule amending 40 CFR part 68 published at
    82 FR 4594 (January 13, 2017), as delayed at 82 FR 8499 (January 26,
    2017) is further delayed to June 19, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: The EPA has established a docket for the rule amending 40 CFR
    part 68 under Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OEM–2015–0725. All documents in the
    docket are listed on the Web site. Although
    listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., Confidential
    Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is
    restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material,
    is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy
    form. Publicly available docket materials are available electronically through

  42. London, 22 March: A report on the State of the Climate in 2016 which is based exclusively on observations rather than climate models is published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF).

    Saw this over at “not a lot of people know that

    Thought it was a well a very written non sensationalist review of recent climate data. Worth linking to IMO

  43. Oh crap! Not again! Suzuki cites Desmog Blog, Pembina, and peer review from Skeptical Science, to prove CO2 emissions are going to destroy life as we know it.

    David Suzuki: Facts and evidence matter in confronting climate crisis

    We recently highlighted the faulty logic of a pseudoscientific argument against addressing climate change: the proposition that because CO2 is necessary for plants, increasing emissions is good for the planet and the life it supports.

    Those who read, write, or talk regularly about climate change and ecology are familiar with other antienvironmental arguments not coated with a scientific sheen.

  44. WMO with the Met Office, NASA, NOAA, UEA CRU, say “Hottest year evah!”

    Climate breaks multiple records in 2016, with global impacts.
    “The increased power of computing tools and the availability of long term climate data have made it possible today, through attribution studies, to demonstrate clearly the existence of links between man-made climate change and many cases of high impact extreme events in particular heatwaves”

    WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2016 (PDF, 28 pages)

  45. Comment on this story please from the EarthSky website:

    Record low sea ice at both poles
    By Deborah Byrd in EARTH | March 23, 2017
    Considering both poles in February 2017, Earth essentially lost the equivalent of a chunk of sea ice larger than Mexico, in contrast to the average global minimum for 1981-2010.

    Scientists at NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado said on March 22, 2017 that Arctic sea ice probably reached its 2017 maximum extent on March 7, and that this year’s maximum represents another record low. Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the planet, on March 3 sea ice around Antarctica hit its lowest extent ever recorded by satellites at the end of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. NASA called it:
    … a surprising turn of events after decades of moderate sea ice expansion. …

  46. The comments for the medical society story appear to be for a different article – related to renewable energy / wind power by the nature of the comments. WordPress issue perhaps.

  47. Anthony,
    Apropos of the Medical Society Consortium article, I just read my latest edition of the American Psychiatric Society’s “Psychiatric News” and was dumbfounded to see the degree to which the CAGH meme has infected the profession. Knowing the trajectory of the profession, I suspect that the APA will adopt a similar position statement in the near future.

    The article is too long to post as a comment to Leo Goldstein’s. I hope my “cut and paste” works.

    Here goes:


    Resilient Greater Miami & the Beaches: Community Questionnaire
    Introduction Introducción Entwodiksyon

    Who is Resilient Greater Miami & the Beaches? Resilient Greater Miami & the Beaches is a collaboration formed in 2016 by Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami Beach and the City of Miami to respond to the region’s challenges: urbanization, globalization and climate change, among others. After a competitive process, Greater Miami & the Beaches was selected to join the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program. The three municipalities representing Resilient Greater Miami & the Beaches have partnered to create a 20-year strategy.

    What is Resilience? Resilience is defined by the 100 Resilient Cities Program as the capacity of individuals, communities, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt and thrive no matter what kinds of challenges they experience. These challenges include not just acute “shocks” to a community such as earthquakes, fires, and floods but also ongoing “stresses” that weaken the fabric of a city on a day-to-day or cyclical basis such as poverty, long-lasting food or water shortages, and a poor transportation system.

    How can you help? To understand the full range of challenges Greater Miami & the Beaches is facing, we need your input about the factors that threaten our community’s resilience, including our ability to prepare, survive and adapt to whatever challenges we may face. Your input will directly inform the priority issues that Greater Miami & the Beaches’ resilience-building focuses on.

    We ask that you take 10 minutes to answer this questionnaire. The questionnaire is anonymous unless you choose to provide your contact information. We ask that you respond by March 31, 2017.

  49. MEDIA ALERT – GBR Bleaching could cost Queensland $1 billion, 70K jobs
    WHEN: TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 at 9:30AM QLD TIME

    WHERE: Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park (meeting at the lookout next to Cliffs Café – 29 River Terrace, Kangaroo Point, Queensland).

    WHAT: The Climate Council will launch its milestone report ‘Climate Change: A Deadly Threat to Coral Reefs,’ in Brisbane.

    NEW BLEACHING VISION: Underwater and aerial vision of the latest coral bleaching event is also available for media but must be pre-arranged with Alexia Boland (contact below).

    Professor Lesley Hughes, Ecologist and Climate Councillor
    Dr. Martin Rice, Head of Research at the Climate Council

    • The longest global coral bleaching event on record, ongoing since 2014, has led to widespread bleaching and mortality of reefs as pools of unusually warm water move around the globe.
    • The World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef is a national economic asset worth $7 billion annually, supporting the livelihoods of around 70,000 Australians employed in sectors such as tourism.
    • If severe bleaching continues, regions adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef risk losing more than 1 million visitors annually – equivalent to at least $1 billion in tourism spending and 10,000 jobs.
    • Loss of coral reefs potentially puts an astounding $1 trillion at risk globally.
    • The commissioning of new coal mines such as that planned for the Galilee Basin is completely at odds with protecting the Great Barrier Reef and other reefs globally.

    For an advanced copy of the media release and the report, along with access to latest vision files please contact Media Advisor Alexia Boland on 0430 511 068 and at prior to press conference.

    FFS!!! “Talent”? WTF? We’re in frackin’ show business now?

    “We’re the talent! You know, like actors! We’re people who say things for money without any concept of truth or consequences! Hell, geez, you’se all weren’t taking us seriously, were you? God, no! We’re the talent..! You’re only supposed to sit back and be entertained!”

    Good grief… <]-|

    The "longest global coral bleaching event on record" isn't a huge claim when they only have a short and patchy record. 40 years versus 400 million years? They know nuthin'!

    This "… Reef is a national economic asset worth $7 billion annually, supporting the livelihoods of around 70,000 Australians…" won't change because there's no problem with the Reef, just with their demonstrably underdeveloped science.

    This – "If severe bleaching continues … losing more than 1 million visitors annually … $1 billion in tourism spending and 10,000 jobs" is nothing more than speculation. Lefty speculation at that.

    This – "Loss of coral reefs potentially puts an astounding $1 trillion at risk globally" is just a just a multiple of a wildarsed guess based on a most-unscientific prophecy. It is embarrassing and shameful that these people are handsomely fed at the public trough. They're modern science's answer to Nostradamus.

    This – "The commissioning of new coal mines such as that planned for the Galilee Basin is completely at odds with protecting the Great Barrier Reef and other reefs globally" is pure propaganda. The majority of Aussie coal is burned by India and China. If we don't sell them our clean, high-quality coal they'll simply get dirtier coal from Africa or their own reserves. This is the tell that it is nothing to do with science and everything to do with the politics of fear-driven de-industrialisation campaigns.


    After Months Of Waiting, Academics Still Worried Trump Will Trash Climate Data

    “College activists will hold “data rescue” event Friday to “save” government climate data from the Trump administration.

    Academics and students at Boston’s Northeastern University will systematically explore federal websites to archive climate data just in case the Trump administration deletes it later. Activists have been archiving climate data for months over fears Trump will change or manipulate data to suit his agenda.

    But so far, no climate data has been deleted. That hasn’t eased worries among activists.”

    end excerpt

  51. According to an annual report published on Wednesday by China’s State Oceanic Administration, average coastal sea levels in 2016 were up just under half an inch compared to the previous year, and saw record-breaking highs in the months of April, September, November and December.

    Against the background of global climate change, China’s coastal air and sea temperatures have soared, coastal air pressure has fallen and sea levels have also soared, it said.

    It warned that high sea levels would lead to problems like coastal erosion as well as more frequent and severe typhoons.

  52. Anthony, since you and I are into clouds, I thought this would interest you:

    (CNN)Looking up, you might be thinking you’re under a roiling, stormy sea.

    But what you’re looking at is a unique and breathtaking meteorological phenomenon. And today, World Meteorological Day, it’s being officially recognized: asperitas cloud.
    This is how the new edition of the International Cloud Atlas describes it, in almost poetic form:
    “Asperitas is characterized by localized waves in the cloud base, either smooth or dappled with smaller features, sometimes descending into sharp points, as if viewing a roughened sea surface from below.”

  53. Just need the Cliff Notes?

    Watch this video (4 minutes)

    This is a summary of the State of the Climate in 2016 which is based exclusively on observations rather than climate models.


    Australian ABC reports that Victoria is going for 40% renewables and as a result the old coal fired power stations that are left will make a motza.
    Article lacks any careful analysis of need for despatchable base load power.
    An example

    ‘AGL, which owns Loy Yang A, says it will be generating power at the plant until the late 2040s.

    But that could all end in tears — or happen a lot sooner — given that Victoria will be building 5400MW of wind and solar power in the next eight years to meet its 40 per cent 2025 renewable energy target.

    Two giant wind turbines in a field of canola
    PHOTO: Victoria will be building 5400MW of wind and solar power in the next eight years. (ABC Open: subterrania)
    When the sun is shining and the wind is blowing, renewable energy will be far cheaper than even dirty brown coal.

    And of course, the biggest elephant in the room is a price on carbon pollution, which would slowly tighten the screws on coal and turbocharge the energy transformation in Australia.

    Mr Bhavnagri, from Bloomberg, explains it best: “Are we going to stay in this unreal world of politics where climate change doesn’t really need to have any firm policy [and] pretend that we’re going to meet emission reduction goals without actually having any policy or any plan in place to do that? Any practical thinker would say no.”‘
    Practical thinkers may ask
    is 5400MW plate capacity or actual output?
    If it is not output, what supplies the gap?
    Where is the ‘firm policy’ that actually stops climate change in this mix.
    Is it an aspirational 40%, if so isn’t that a plan?
    So a practical thinker thinks there is a plan.
    Problem is it won’t work other than turbocharging outages, price hikes and people with jobs and industry voting with their feet.

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